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SOME MORE PECULIAR SCHOOL
Figures are interesting. But when
figures show queer things about the
spending of public cash by the school
board they become even more so.
A set of figures from the office of
Parker Sercombe, who has been pre
paring figures for the board of educa
tion for a few months, indicate many
peculiarities. The tables indicate
consumption of coal.
A diagram which gives the amount
of coal sent to each of the three
schools of the first district for the
years 1910 to 1915 shows that:
While it is presumably just as cold
in one part of the city as in another
in a certain season, one school burns
more coal than it did previously and
another school less.
While every school in the first dis
trict used coal to an increase often as
much- as $500 in 1911, the Lincoln
school used $94 less.
While, in 1913, the Hamilton school
used $359 worth of coal less than it
did in 1912, the Nettlehorst got $524
worth more. It was just as cold near
the Hamilton school in 1913 as it was
around the Nettlehorst
While the Snider school used $301
worth of coal less in 1913 than in the
year before, the Burley $260 less, the
Blaine $173 less, the Audubon $162
less, the Alcott used $275 worth
more, the Prescott $90 more, etc.
While 15 schools in the first district
used a total of $2,242 worth of coal
less in 1913 than in 1912, nine schools
used a total of $1,222 worth more.
The season was the same that year
in all schools.
Just how one school can burn more
in a season and another less than in
the year before is not plain. It might
mean that school coal is being burn
ed carelessly, that engineers were
changed for the better or worse, or
that some schools are ordering more
coal than they can use.
If the schools are carrying over
coal from year to year, the city is
paying 6 per cent interest on this, for
the schools borrow; every year to pay
their coal bills.
The years 1914 and 1915 show the
same conditions as in 1913. The oth
er ten districts have the same strange
figures in the consumption of coaL
M. V. L. TAKES FINAL SHOT
DRYS'SPLIT ON MAYOR
The Municipal Voters' league
comes out this morning with a last
statement, denying that it is a par
ticipant in a gigantic conspiracy to
wreck the name of Mayor Thompson,
his family and his administration.
In terse sentences the league states
that it has never given out state
ments against the mayor except with
regard to his official acts and further
says the mayor has never answered
the charges of the league.
When the first report of the league
became public the administration
sent to Springfield to incorporate a
new league. So far it has remained
quiet Backed by the Thompson ad
ministration, it stated that it was
going to formulate a report which
would show up the true conditions in
the city council.
" The league had one more day in
which to report to the people of Chi
cago. It has been rumored that a
great difficulty has been experienced
in getting out a plausible report on
the "true" conditions in the city
The drys are split over endorsing
the administration. E. J. Davis and
F. S. McBride of the Anti-Saloon
league have endorsed the rebel nine
condemned by the mayor.
Arthur McCoid of the citizens'
committee appeals for support for
the mayor because of his Sunday
The man who is punctual when
calling on a girl is rewarded by hav
ing a chance to rest before she ap
pears. The Russians have got Mush. Be
ing short of milk, they'll have to fry